2015 ‘The Aunts’ Shiraz

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: This wine is named after three pioneer women of the Hunter Valley, who established the initial homestead on ‘Meerea’ in the 1830’s. The three women were referred to by the family as the ‘Aunts’. The establishment of the homestead coincided with the planting of the first Shiraz in the Hunter Valley.

Fruit source: This single vineyard wine is made from fruit off the low yielding, old-vine Kindred family ‘Homestead’ vineyard in Pokolbin, the block used for ‘The Aunts’ were planted in 1965.

Fermentation: The handpicked Shiraz grapes were fermented in open vats and then transferred into 100% French Hogsheads. 30% of the oak was new.

Maturation: After 18 months, with regular racking, the wine was bottled under screwcap.

Winemaker’s comments: Although 2015 has been described as a ‘difficult’ vintage, the old-vine vineyards we source from allowed us to get small quantities of good Shiraz grapes to work with. From 2015 we will only release ‘XYZ’, ‘The Aunts’ and a Shiraz Pinot.

Tasting note: A mid-crimson colour, the nose is of plums and ripe mulberries. The flavoursome medium bodied-palate is all red berries and fine silky tannin. A lovely balanced Shiraz with a generous length of flavour.

Cellaring: Medium term.

Suggested food match: Lamb and Veal meat dishes.

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